November 30th, 2015
As the busy holiday season approaches, I always like to take a moment to reflect on the first semester and some of the many wonderful things that occurred at our schools. As the Superintendent of Grant Park School District #6, there are many items to be excited (and thankful) for during the season.
District #6 has been recognized both at the national as well as the state level for high academic learning as well as achievement levels. Our student body, as well as staff, understand the importance of high expectations and what is required to maintain a “culture of excellence.”
As I have said publicly, I really like our “line up” of staff members- one of the best that I have been around. On the first day of school, I challenged our staff members to be compassionate to the students we serve. As the first semester draws to an end, I have witnessed firsthand compassionate interactions between our staff and student body. Yes, we hold our students to high standards and must maintain discipline. However, compassion includes the commitment to help each and every one of our students here at Grant Park School District.
Our 1:1 Technology Initiative is yielding remarkable benefits for our students. As a school district, we must remain committed to ensuring that our students are exposed to the most recent technological developments and devices. I am so impressed with our students’ knowledge base with technology and how it can be used to improve their learning processes.
And how about our students outside of the classroom? Some of the accomplishments include a fantastic MS production of Bugsy Malone, some amazing band/jazz/choral music concerts, a “Mean Green Goes Pink” night that will never be forgotten, a soccer team that battled during every match, boys/girls golf teams that made a splash during the season, and of course, a Lady Dragon volleyball team that won every match during the regular season. Yes, a perfect 30-0. Unbelievable!
Yup, the Fall of 2015 has been memorable. I am thankful for the countless supportive parents who value a quality education, a cooperative and supportive Board of Education that is student orientated, dedicated staff members who realize that teaching is the most important profession in the world and that our kiddos deserve their best every day, and a student body who appreciates the value of a quality education.
The month of December is filled with events that showcase the various talents of our students. You can find our calendar of events on our website. I wish your family the best during this very busy holiday season.
Dr. John Palan
Superintendent, Grant Park #6